April Wrap-Up

In April I started reading 9 books, but only finished 4. I officially started homeschooling, and my baby became a toddler. Keep reading for all the details.

Here are the books that I managed to finish:

  1. 10 Habits of Happy Mothers – Review – 3/5 (Self-explanatory)
  2. Hey There, Earth Dweller – Review – 3/5 (Non-Fiction, Earth Science)
  3. Ethan of Athos – 5/5 – Whoops, did not review yet! (Book 3, Sci-fi, space thriller)
  4. Muse of Nightmares – Review – 5/5 (Book 2, Fantasy, Amazing)

These are the books that I started:

I abandoned Thieve’s Honor and The Heart’s Invisible Furies in favor of Grey Sister when it became my turn to borrow it from the library. I abandoned Stephen King for Anna Karenina for the same reason, but I am listening to the last two on audio.

Hopefully, May will be the month I finish all of those!

Speaking of May, today is May 1, 2019 and my baby is not a baby anymore. Today he is 1 year old. He started walking last week and he is already saying a few words: mama, dada, dog, and book.

We started a really interesting Kindergarten homeschool curriculum. It’s called Build Your Library and pretty much involves reading lots of books and doing activities related to the reading. We are only on week 2, but so far we have made passports and suitcases, baked homemade bread and apple pie, and learned about maps. This week we started reading Little House in the Big Woods. I’m really super duper excited. Frank (5) seems to enjoy it, or at least he appreciates the direct attention he gets when we “homeschool”. Mercer (3) participates as the mood strikes him.

I really like this curriculum (so far) but it’s only 30 weeks long (and doesn’t include math). If I don’t come up with some filler units we will be done in November, and the next “level” is for ages 6-8. Ah well, I’m sure we can come up with some way to pass the time until he turns 6. I’ve already got some ideas for a weather study, and a study of Germany that we should do before our trip in July.

This month, our favorite children’s books were:

My kids are obsessed with the Berenstain Bear books. Thankfully, most of them are decent to read, and this one in particular has some preschool level science so you can feel good about reading it. The baby loves Brown Bear, and it’s always fun to read.

I was the only one who seemed to really like What If, but I thought the writing, story, message, and pictures were beautiful. It’s definitely worth trying out.

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